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The cast of Cirque Mechanics 42ft — A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels

The McKnight Center welcomes Cirque Mechanics 42ft — A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

As part of its Inaugural Season, The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts will offer two Cirque Mechanics 42ft — A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels performances this weekend at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The imaginative, circus-themed production showcases a galloping mechanical metal horse and a rotating tent frame for strongmen, acrobats and aerialists and will take place in The McKnight Center Performance Hall, an 1,100-seat venue with terrific sightlines from every seat.

“The McKnight Center Performance Hall has the capability and versatility to attract world-renowned talent and performers, which is clear with these two Cirque Mechanics' performances,” said Marilynn and Carl Thoma Executive Director Mark Blakeman. “When we were considering performances for our Inaugural Season, this opportunity seemed the perfect complement to our lineup with its stand-out artistry, unique staging and innovative technology—it's truly a panoply for the senses."

As part of its tour, Cirque Mechanics will present a special performance for Stillwater Public Schools seventh and eighth graders on Friday. The educational performance will highlight impactful moments of the show and remain true to the storyline. Following the performance, students will participate in a Q&A session with the performing artists.

The name of the production, "42ft" comes from the traditional diameter of a circus ring and brings with it a unique take on the traditional big-top experience. A traveling troupe since 2004, Cirque Mechanics has established itself as a premier production company known for its unique approach to blending compelling storytelling with traditional circus acts and innovative mechanical staging.

Tickets start as low as $25. For tickets or more information, visit

About The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts

The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts at Oklahoma State University is a world-class epicenter for the arts dedicated to attracting celebrated national and international programs with notable performing arts productions and artists. The McKnight Center is an expression of Oklahoma State University's commitment to the arts to inspire and transform lives through artistic excellence, creative experiences and impactful learning opportunities. To learn more, visit

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